Slate on the Jefferson1

The Jefferson 1 was a topic of discussion today on Slate’s Political Gabfest, with regular podcasters John Dickerson, David Plotz, and Emily Bazelon. The discussion starts at around the 25:40 mark (or, conversely, 3:40 from the end.)

And here’s a transcript:

David: There’s an amazing story making its way through the blogosphere this week. A couple of weeks ago, I guess around April 12, there was a gathering of libertarians at the Jefferson Memorial at midnight to celebrate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. And these group of libertarians were in the rotunda. They went at midnight because there wouldn’t be a lot of people around. And they were dancing silently, they were all listening to iPods, and they were dancing around. And a security officer said…came up to them and said you have to leave…and then one of them said ‘Why?’ And at this point, they arrested this woman, whose name is…what is her name…her name is Mary Oberwetter. And arrested her, charged her with all kinds of ridiculous crimes, for interfering with the function of a police officer, probably disturbing the peace. And it’s…it’s appalling. It’s absolutely appalling. And so you should go and find about the…

And there’s YouTube video.

David: There’s YouTube video of them…and, you know, they’re doing nothing!

John: And there’s a Web site now called freethejefferson1.

David: Freethejefferson1. It’s ridiculous. You know, the kind of national…you know, as a native Washingtonian, I’m kind of increasingly perturbed about the way this city has been, you know, securitized. And this is just another example of the way that the notions of security and safety and protecting against some vague outside threat have been turned to absurd levels.

John: (sarcastic) Yeah .

Emily: No?

John: I couldn’t sit through the whole video. I got annoyed by the narrator. I’m down with everything David said, I just don’t want to listen to the guy who was going on about it on the video while they were talking to the two cops.

All in all, a great spot, even if one of them wasn’t crazy about Jason’s narration. Let me say welcome to anyone who may have heard of us by way of the podcast, and if you want to help in the legal fight to come, you can donate to the FtJ1 Defense Fund.